Garden Portrait: Croft Castle Walled Garden

I love visiting Croft (Herefordshire). There are nice walks around the parkland and even longer walks through the woodland or up to the iron-age fort at Croft Ambrey. My main reason for visiting though is to see what is going on in the walled garden and have a stroll through the ancient trees. The walled garden lies behind the castle and slopes gently uphill towards the old glasshouse which is currently being renovated.

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Every time I visit I see new additions and improvements and this month (late October) I was surprised to see the vineyard looking very well established. We have been here before – last time in spring – when the frogs in the pond were feeling frisky. But let’s have a look at the beauty found here in late autumn.

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Not only are there the expected browns and greys and tawny swathes of grasses and seed-heads, the fading greens and yellows of dying foliage, but unexpected pops of vibrant colour. Rudbeckia, verbena bonariensis, chrysanthemums, sedum, the stunning autumn colour of Rhus typhina (stags horn tree) and the hot splashes of the glory vine tumbling over the old red-brick and creeping through the denuded foliage.

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Borders are still full of flowering annuals such as the sweet-peas, roses, dramatic hardy autumn flowering lilies (N. bowdenii) and deep crimson thistles usually seen in July and August.

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Not many were taking advantage of the deck-chairs and elegant benches scattered around the garden, it was a little too chilly for simply sitting, and on the day that the clocks went back, it would soon be dusk. But the lady by the pond is still relaxed. And I will leave you with a bench I rather fancied.

More lovely walks can be found over at my friend Jo’s place.

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32 Comments Add yours

  1. Oh yes, nice bench. I really enjoy seeing these lovely gardens with you. This one is very nice.

    1. Heyjude says:

      It has developed over the last four years, looking very good now. I love how the NT is restoring these walled gardens .

      1. I’ve been to a few on our travels and they are all so beautiful.

  2. Colline says:

    The colours in the garden are stunning!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I was very surprised Colline, given the time of year, though it was a mild early autumn.

  3. restlessjo says:

    Have you taken me to this one before? It looks a little familiar. 🙂 Love the zingy blue doors and there is some lovely planting. Not sure about your bench- it would need at least 2 cushions 🙂
    Many thanks, Jude! I came here for a little cheer in view of recent events and I wasn’t disappointed.

    1. Heyjude says:

      We visited the froggies in the pond earlier in the year, but didn’t focus on the garden, and you may recall a window for Dawn’s challenge a couple of years ago. Maybe the blue frames jogged your memory?

      Shocking news from Paris. I just caught it last night so was very late to bed. Makes you wonder where on earth all this vile hatred is going to lead us to 😦

      1. restlessjo says:

        I came home so happy, but it didn’t last. James is at a concert in Manchester tonight. It could be anyone, anywhere!

        1. Heyjude says:

          It could, but don’t live in fear. That’s what terrorists want.

        2. restlessjo says:

          I know. They just keeping shifting their targets.

      2. Sue says:

        Shocking and seriously worrying …

  4. Patrick says:

    A beautiful garden indeed! On a side note, rain has finally arrived in California and my roses are blooming in November.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Rain here too 😦
      But nice for you and your roses 🙂

  5. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I love it and I have a confession, I like to stroke walls like that!

  6. Sue says:

    The colours are singing! As you know, I love a walled garden, and this one is calling me….

    1. Heyjude says:

      You would like this one.

  7. Anabel Marsh says:

    Love the featured image with the red walls and red leaves.

    1. Heyjude says:

      That stags horn tree was splendid.

  8. Sue Slaght says:

    Beautiful colors to brighten a sad day. Thank you Jude.

  9. pommepal says:

    I so enjoyed this walk in an autumn garden Jude, relaxing and restful away from the horrors of the world.

    1. Heyjude says:

      We have to enjoy the beauty around us PP, recent events make you realise just how fragile life is.

      1. pommepal says:

        It seems no where is safe these days, even Australia has it’s share of terrorism now.

  10. Sherri says:

    Oh Jude, you know how I adore walled gardens, and this one is just stunning beautiful. I couldn’t take my eyes off your header photo especially 🙂 And the bench too…so pretty. I hope you’re oaky with these heavy winds… xx

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes that bench is very pretty and just right for two! It has been windy and wet today, but where I live is quite sheltered as we are right in the old town, no trees nearby either. Hope you keep safe xx

      1. Sherri says:

        For two…I’ll bring the hot chocolate, we’ll need it 🙂 Or maybe Winter Pimms 😉 Glad you’re safe and sheltered. Thanks Jude, not too bad here today, windy but not excessive… xx

        1. Heyjude says:

          Oh, yes. Hot chocolate with a dash of brandy maybe?

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